This will be the first in a series of workshops to introduce MSC’s complete software portfolio to the extended University of Connecticut School of Engineering community and Northeastern US engineers in conjunction with the recently-announced MSC Software and the University of Connecticut School of Engineering partnership. The partnership will provide MSC’s complete solutions portfolio to UConn students, faculty, researchers, and industrial partners affiliated with UConn’s brand-new Tech Park.

The November 15 workshop will cover the MSC Nastran legacy as well as to the latest direct geometry modeling software MSC Apex, the rigid body dynamics staple ADAMS, and the Japanese-born CFD code Cradle. The workshop will conclude with a tour of UConn’s Innovation Partnership Building (IPB).

Thursday, November 15, 2018 Add to Calendar
9:30am - 1:30pm

Workshop Agenda at UConn School of Engineering Student Union -
Room 304

9:30am-10:00amNASTRAN Legacy and MSC Software's FutureMSC Nastran is a multidisciplinary structural analysis application used by engineers to perform static, dynamic, and thermal analyses as well as structural optimization across the linear and nonlinear domains. It is a foundational product upon which MSC has built a wide simulation portfolio.

10:00am-10:30amDirect Geometry Modeling with MSC Apex: enables CAE-specific direct modeling and meshing solutions by streamlining CAD clean-up, geometry simplification and meshing workflow.

10:30am-10:45am – Break

10:45am-11:15am – Rigid Body Dynamics with
ADAMS: empowers engineers to study the kinematics and dynamics of systems that consist of rigid components (as well as flexible ones of late) to interrogate part interference, dynamic loading of components and validation of mechanisms. Its ability to handle large body translations and rotations also make it an invaluable tool for loads preprocessing for finite element analysis.

11:15am-11:45am – CFD with Cradle operates in the realm of the finite volume technique and offers thermo-fluid analysis at three levels of operation: (1) SC/Tetra and scFLOW enable high-quality polyhedral meshes to address the most complicated fluid geometries with high-performance computation. (2) scSTREAM uses a structured mesh that is capable of vast computation domains as required in applications such as HVAC and architectural studies. (3) HeatDesigner is a special integration of scSTREAM and geared specifically to electronics cooling applications.

11:45am- 12:15pm – Lunch

12:30pm-1:30pm –
Tour of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Innovation Partnership Building The IPB uses cutting-edge simulation technology to achieve research breakthroughs, commercialize new products and create high paying jobs for the State of Connecticut.

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MSC Software Workshop Presenters:


James Pura, MSC Software

Aerospace & Defense Applications Team

James Pura is responsible for hosting and conducting technical pre-sales meetings, live, on-site and web-based demos, and benchmarks, and delivering Apex-based software solutions through the services team. Pura previously worked for Boeing and NASA and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego.

Yuya Ando, MSC Software

CFD Applications Team

Yuya Ando worked 22 years for Software Cradle Co. Ltd. prior to its acquisition by MSC. He was Sales Engineer and Global Sales & Marketing Manager for Software Cradle and General Manager and President of Cradle North America. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation technology from Southern Illinois University.


Konrad Juethner, MSC Software

Aerospace & Defense Applications Team

Konrad Juethner is currently responsible for collaborating with MSC customers in aerospace and defense to make wise engineering decisions and build the best technical products. He previously worked as a contractor for Pratt & Whitney with previous assignments at Lytron, Comsol and Watlow and holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering degree from Washington University in Saint Louis.


Karthik Krishnan, MSC Software

Automotive & System Dynamics Application Team

Karthik Krishnan’s areas of expertise include autonomous vehicles, multi-body dynamics, road loads and durability, multi-physics simulation, process automation, design of experiments and optimization, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He previously worked at Honda and LMS International. Krishnan has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University.